TWEED Dissertation-to-Book Guide No. 3: Revising Your Manuscript

It’s here! Again, for the First Time: Revising Your Dissertation is the third installment in TWEED’s Dissertation-to-Book series of guides. The longest guide yet, this issue tackles five stages of revising your dissertation for publication: Crafting a concept Conducting extra research Paring down Organizing the material that remains Polishing your style You’ll begin to see your dissertation project in narrative terms and identify not only its concept but also its main characters and plot. No matter the subject, all scholarly books can capitalize on strategies normally associated with literature and creative nonfiction. Seriously. Crack open Again, for the First Time: Revising Your Dissertation for some macro- and micro-level advice aimed at the junior scholar eager to publish. Next up, The Curious Beasts that are Scholarly Presses & Acquisitions Editors! You’ll read about identifying publishers for your project and approaching them with savvy and excellent timing. In the TWEED Library, find Guide No. 1: A Dissertation is an Auspicious Beginning and Guide No. 2: Envisioning Your Dissertation as Something Else Entirely. ~ TWEED offers services and packages for all your academic editing...

Distraction-free Word Processors

WriteRoom and Dark Room are distraction-free word processors for Mac and PC, respectively. The advantage is that these programs are full-screen, meaning that you can’t see your other programs. No more email messages popping up and interrupting your flow. No quick switching between IM and your scholarly article. You can change the color scheme, but the default looks like working in the Matrix! They’re also both free applications. What other programs or technological do you use to stay productive? ~ TWEED offers services and packages for all your academic editing...

Research Tool: Google Scholar Alerts

Good news! You can now set up automatic email alerts to keep up with new scholarship on whatever research topic you choose. You are probably already familiar with Google Scholar, the search engine that allows you to search academic journals, books, abstracts, and legal material. To receive regular updates about new works related to your search query, simply perform a Google Scholar search and click on the envelope icon at the top of the results page. You’ll enter your email address and select the number of new search results you would like to see in each message. See this post from ResourceShelf on advanced options for Google Scholar alerts. You can also set up Google alerts for news items if current events interest you. Unlike Google Scholar alerts, these don’t have to be emailed to you; an RSS reader can also retrieve them (choose Deliver to: Feed). ~ TWEED offers services and packages for all your academic editing...

TWEED Dissertation-to-Book Guide No. 2: Envisioning Your Dissertation as Something Else Entirely

Envisioning Your Dissertation as Something Else Entirely is the second installment in TWEED’s Dissertation-to-Book series of guides. Here, TWEED outlines several options for the dissertation awaiting revision: Craft a scholarly monograph Contribute to an edited dissertation series Parcel the research out into one journal article or several Publish electronically Blaze your own trail entirely As you weigh the possibilities, consider your own unique situation. Do you have time restraints? Is your next project urgently awaiting your attention? What publication venues are most esteemed in your field? Does your dissertation topic need more space, or would it be best complemented by some additional research? Envisioning Your Dissertation as Something Else Entirely gives you plenty to think about as you and your dissertation move on to bigger and better vistas. Stay tuned for TWEED Dissertation-to-Book Guide No. 3— Again, for the First Time: Revising Your Manuscript. Walk through the process of re-envisioning, reshaping, and polishing your project. Guide No. 1, A Dissertation is an Auspicious Beginning, is available here. Here’s Guide No. 3: Again, for the First Time: Revising Your Dissertation. And have a look at TWEED’s complete library of...

TWEED Creed Desktop Wallpaper No. 2

Prescribe yourself a good dose of writing by making this message your computer background! This is part of a series: suggest your own upbeat message for writers, and be sure to check out the first TWEED Creed desktop wallpaper. For PC users (or if your desktop icons are on the left side of the screen): Right-click to save image. For Mac users (or if your desktop icons are on the right side of the screen): Right-click to save image. ~ TWEED offers services and packages for all your academic editing...